Pointe Coupee Parish Profile 2018

Mark Carriere  |  2/10/2017 9:49:58 PM

Pointe Coupee Extension Office

Address:
180 East Main St., 1st Floor, New Roads, LA 70760
Phone: 225-638-5533
Fax: 225-638-5550
Email: pointecoupee@agcenter.lsu.edu

Web site: http://www.lsuagcenter.com/portals/our_offices/parishes/pointe%20coupee

Office Hours:
8:00a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Mark Carriere - Parish Chair
mcarriere@agcenter.lsu.edu

Tara Manuel - Administrative Coordinator
tmanuel@agcenter.lsu.edu

Programs

4-H and Youth Development:
Brandi Frey
Mark Carriere
Co-curricular with school system(Healthy Lifestyles).
Livestock Program, Shooting Sports Program,
ATV Safety Program

Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR):
Mark Carriere
Agronomic Crops: Corn, Cotton, Grain Sorghum, Soybeans, Sugarcane, Rice, Wheat
Fisheries: Crawfish, Ponds, Environment/Watersheds

Livestock
Vince Deshotel
Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle Horses, Pasture/Forages

Horticulture
Chanelle Angeny
Horticulture/Lawns and Gardens
Commercial Horticulture
School Gardens
Master Gardener Coordinator

Sara Shields, PhD
State Master Gardener Coordinator Central Region Hort. Coord.

Program Highlights

4-H Youth Development

The incidence of youth obesity is rising at alarming rate, not only in Pointe Coupee Parish, but across the country. Thirteen hundred ninety-six 4-H youth learned to make healthy food choices especially when selecting snacks, the importance of fruits and vegetables in the diet and the role exercise plays in improving health in a six monthly club meeting programs. As a result of participating in these programs, youth reported having a better understanding of nutritional labels, while 30% actually used the labels when selecting healthy snacks.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Pointe Coupee is a major agricultural parish that produces soybeans, sugarcane, cotton, corn, wheat, grain sorghum, and rice; all being grown on 165,000 acres. Pointe Coupee farmers rely on information from the LSU AgCenter to stay productive. Therefore, the parish hosts an annual Farm Forum with presentations from specialists and researchers who provide the most current research based information available. Due to this specialized training, farmers have been able to reduce inputs thus saving millions of dollars over the past ten years.

Horticulture & Gardening

Home horticulture in Pointe Coupee is mainly focused on home gardens (including backyard fruit trees, vegetable plots, and berry patches) and home landscapes. The demand for research-based home horticulture information continues to increase as homeowners commonly require assistance with questions and issues regarding home gardens. These issues may include plant identification; pest, disease, and weed control; plant selection and plant placement for home landscapes and fruit/vegetable gardens. In addition to home horticulture, public elementary school children are introduced to gardening techniques and healthy food through the implementation of school garden lessons and programs.

Who we reach:

1,396 – Youth
  • 627 4-H members,17 school 4-H clubs, & 300 students working in school gardens

16,233 - Adults
  • 8,421 Ag & Natural Resources

How we reach them:

4-H clubs
Class series
School Enrichment
Demonstrations
Field days
Workshops
Newsletters
Websites
Publications
Social media

Expanding our efforts:

184 - Volunteers
  • 4-H, Family & Community, Master Gardeners (707 Volunteer Service Hours & 275 Continuing Education Hours, Master Horsemen, Master Cattleman & Master Farmer)

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Terrebonne Parish clientele. The 2016 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

—Plant enterprises - $118,601,837.

—Aquaculture and wildlife - $4,672,112.

—Animal enterprises - $13,024,216.

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary

Population - 22,268
Land area (square miles) - 557.35 Persons under 18 years old - 22.5%
Persons 65 years old and over - 19.1%
Median household income - $44,275
Persons below poverty - 19.7%

Local Issues & Plans for this year

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture through the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment.

  • Conduct variety and verification trials in corn, cotton, soybeans, and wheat.
  • Make farm and home visits to provide educational information to solve problems.
  • Certify pesticide applicators and Worker Protection Standards (WPS) through Pointe Coupee Farm Forum.
  • Promote agriculture to the general public.
  • Pecan Production Day
  • Work with NRCS to promote conservation programs and conservation tillage programs.

2. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.

  • Promote Healthy Lifestyles, Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Programs throughout the parish.
  • Junior Leaders will participate in Service Learning Projects.
  • Offer camp opportunities to strengthen independence of 4-H youth.
  • Continue hands-on workshops for youth with science focus.
  • Maintain social media for 4-H members and parents to promote belonging.
  • Focus on childhood obesity through nutrition programming.
  • Promote ATV and firearm safety through 4-H Outdoor Skills Programming.

3. Increase healthy living through horticulture and environmental stewardship.

  • Promote Best Management Practices (BMP) for gardens, lawns, landscapes, and fruit/vegetable trees.
  • School Garden Programs
  • Pointe Coupee Master Gardener Program
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